Ars Electronica Residency Network

The Ars Electronica Residency Network is a network of excellence consisting of Ars Electronica Linz and distinguished partner organizations worldwide. Our mission is to set up an informal alliance of prominent institutions to make extraordinary creative opportunities and challenges available to artists. This network is open to institutions of higher learning, museums, cultural organizations and R&D facilities in the public sector as well as private initiatives and enterprises. What they all have in common is the desire to conduct an artist- or researcher-in-residence program, each one of which concentrates on a specific thematic area in which the respective partner has unique expertise and an international reputation for excellence.

In this context, excellence is based on outstanding pioneering work in a particular field, on extraordinary, high-performance production & presentation infrastructure, on the unique construction of the area of inquiry itself, or on some combination of these elements.

The Ars Electronica Residency Network offers a highly diversified subset of individual programs that target a wide array of artists. Some of these residencies are focused on issues and working conditions tailored to artists who have already achieved substantial recognition in their careers; others are meant to nurture the potential displayed by up-and-coming young talents. Transdisciplinarity and intercultural exchange are two key criteria this network is committed to fostering.

The objective is to create optimal framework conditions for artists/researchers in residence— for instance, in the form of state-of-the-art technical production possibilities, an environment that allows for fruitful encounter with extraordinary individuals, important issues and/or the general public in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for the artists/researchers themselves as well as the host institutions. Examples of such extraordinary framework conditions are The Cube, CERN and the spaces of the Ars Electronica.

The Cube

The Cube

(Credit: Queensland University of Technology)

Ars Electronica Center Media Facade

Ars Electronica Center Media Facade

(Credit: Tom Mesic)


Bill Fontana bei Aufnahmen in CERN

(Credit: Johanna Mathauer)

Deep Space at Ars Electronica Center

Deep Space at Ars Electronica Center

(Credit: rubra)

In return, the joint network and reciprocal communication are meant to enhance and expand the range and reputation of the individual programs, and thereby to attract the attention of experienced, world-renowned artists/researchers and increase international participation.

Concrete obligations are not expected here; rather, we are looking for a basic commitment to admit artists/researchers and conduct programs. There is also the possibility for the partner to set the program up through its own channels. In addition to the core group, we are amenable to accepting other institutions into the network on a temporary basis or to enabling them to promote themselves by means of the network. This is meant, above all, to support projects and programs, and to foster the setup of development projects.

Open Calls

The call for the next residency at ESO and Ars Electronica Futurelab in the framework of the Digital Art and Science Network is currently open.


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Past and Ongoing Programmes

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